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Western New England University School of Law Hosts Mini-Law School

Western New England University School of Law will again open its doors to the community with the final two weeks of a four-week program focused on demystifying the law. The Mini-Law School will continue on October 24, and November 1, 2017, at Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. The program will provide practical knowledge to assist non-lawyers in gaining an understanding of areas of the law that are relevant to their everyday lives. Each class will be taught by Law School faculty and moderated by retired Judge Kenneth Neiman.

Blending theory and practice, the classes will focus on end-of-life law, protecting children and families, workplace law, and credit and bankruptcy. Tuition is $35, For more information go to: http://www1.wne.edu/law/mini-law-school.cfm

Tuesday, 10/24/17
Workplace Law in the Era of Globalization and the Gig Economy, with Law Professor Harris Freeman. This session will explore the challenge of regulating new types of employment arrangements and business models that are restructuring global labor markets. Topics will include the expansion of precarious work, internet-based work arrangements such as Uber and Lyft, violations of wage and hour law, employee privacy, and the role of labor unions.

Wednesday, 11/1/17
The Use of Credit and the Choice to File for Bankruptcy Relief, with retired Judge Henry Boroff. What are credit scores, how are they calculated, how are they used by the credit industry, and what can be done to improve them? Is the use of a debt relief agency a good idea? This session will discuss the benefits and risks of using credit, the bankruptcy system, and how bankruptcy can be used to provide a fresh start for those with debt that has grown beyond their control.

The Mini-Law School is directed by Beth D. Cohen, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Pat Newcombe, Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources. In addition to the esteemed School of Law faculty, the program is fortunate to have the Honorable Kenneth Neiman serve as the “Dean” of the Mini-Law School. "After five weeks, you won't be a lawyer," Cohen said, "but you will be able to better understand laws that have an effect on your life. And unlike traditional law school, there are no tests or homework." "Individuals interested in becoming better informed and engaging in stimulating dialogue will find this program rewarding," Newcombe said. "No legal knowledge is necessary, just a curious mind."